Mythbuster! A Closer Look at Air Source Heat Pumps


Off the back of the huge increase in demand for air source heat pump installations, we’ve seen a significant rise in enquiries where customers are wanting to know more information on the effectiveness and efficiency of the systems. It is worth noting that in rare circumstances, if installed incorrectly, air source heat pump systems may not perform as effectively as they should. This has resulted in the systems themselves receiving some unfair and unwarranted press within the industry.

Air Source Heat Pumps are a type of renewable energy technology that extracts heat from the outside air and uses this to heat homes and buildings. They are an efficient and low-carbon alternative to traditional heating systems if installed properly, and have gained mass popularity in recent years within the UK as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Air Source Heat Pumps are much more energy efficient than many think as one of the main benefits of air source heat pumps is their high efficiency. This means they can provide heat at a lower cost than traditional heating systems. This is because they are able to extract heat from the air even when the temperature outside is very low.

The efficiency of an Air Source Heat Pump is measured using a coefficient of performance (COP), which is the ratio of the heat output to the amount of electricity used. A typical COP for an air source heat pump is around 3-4, which means that for every unit of electricity used, the heat pump will produce three to four units of heat.

The performance of an Air Source Heat Pump can be affected by a number of factors, including the temperature outside, the size of the heat pump, and the insulation of the property or building. In colder temperatures, the heat pump may need to work harder to extract heat from the air, which can reduce its efficiency. It is therefore important to choose a heat pump that is appropriately sized for the property/building and climate. 

If an Air Source Heat Pump is effectively installed under MCS accredited standards then it will guarantee to be an extremely energy efficient system. EnergySmart are award winning experts at installing Air Source Heat Pumps under MCS standards and are proud to have successfully installed multiple Air Source Heat Pumps across the country. When installing an air source we usually combine this with the installation of solar PV and adequate insulation to ensure the property is as energy efficient as possible for the future. 

Under the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme, we install Air Source Heat Pumps completely FREE of charge for qualifying customers. To see if you qualify, please fill out the form below: